HR series: Organisational effectiveness

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It is generally accepted that in a modern economy organisations need to be agile, innovative, and have the ability to learn quickly.


It follows that the ability to design organisations that are agile, innovative and quick to learn is a key competitive advantage and numerous studies and surveys have shown that it is one of the most important concerns for CEOs globally.

If this is a strategic imperative it has huge implications for HR. Instead of defining themselves as the custodians of people processes and practices, they have the opportunity to become the "architects" of effective organisational design and behaviour – whether at an organisational or team level.

To take up this challenge will require a complete reconfiguration of the HR function and a significantly new set of skills and mental models, including the ability to leverage new technologies.

For organisations to be effective in this context it is the collaborative relationships and chemistry between different individuals, teams and functions that become a primary focus with joint efforts to improve the efficiency of processes and the application of technology. Culture is a primary focus in the design of such organisations and almost everything else is informed by the culture.

It goes without saying that the HR function and processes themselves need to reflect this focus on collaborative system improvement.

This Master Class will be a collaborative discussion around two questions:

What is involved in designing and continuously enabling organisations to be effective in a modern economy?

How should HR be configured to take on the role of organisational architect and should the term HR itself not be replaced by one that is more relevant and does not carry the baggage of the past.

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Date: TBC 

Time: 09:00 – 12:00

Venue: Johannesburg Business School Towers (Milpark, Cnr Berry Hertzog and Empire Road)

Fee: R750

Contact: Ms. Sphiwe Ndlala | Telephone: 011 559 1783 | E-mail: execed@jbs.ac.za